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Imitation Rust for Vintage Looking Crafts

Are you one of those people who like the look of country chic decor? Perhaps you are a vintage junkie like me and rather than having an infatuation with all that glitters, you have one with all that is old and seemingly unimportant yet speaks of an untold history. If so, you may just love the idea of creating imitation rust for all of your vintage crafts. This project is so simple you may wonder why you never thought of it yourself. Ok, so I know that there are ready made products out there that can simplify the process of antiquing and rusting a metal object,  but sometimes it is nice to really get your hands dirty.  And this project can really get your creative streak shining, as it calls for some experimenting to create your own special 'rust recipe'. There are a few really great things about being able to do this. Rusting is an inexpensive process that may be able to be accomplished using things you already have laying around the house. If you need items you do not have and you are unable to get them from a friend or a family member, you may be able to pick them up at a local environmental center and give Mother Earth a hand. Should you end up having to buy the "ingredients" for your homemade rust, none of them should bust your budget, and will probably come in handy for other projects,  even baking! You can have a lot of fun experimenting while you work on becoming an rusting expert. In this recipe for imitation rust, all you need is a little brown paint, some cinnamon (yes, the yummy stuff in your kitchen spice cabinet) and a paint brush. On the other hand, there are some extra little hints that will help you add a more authentic look to your fake rust. Having a little experience in this myself, I will tell you the process is simple but it can be a bit messy. I have always had the best luck when I used at least three colors of paint in varying reds, oranges and browns. You can also use any mixture of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground mustard and cloves rather than just cinnamon alone to add to the color and overall textured effect. Once you have finished the painting and dusting and allowed your project to dry, you may want to spray your finished product with a clear finish of some sort. I have used hairspray on my projects with good success (I decided this was a good way to get rid of all of those bottles of hair spray I bought that refused to play nicely with my hair).  A spray on laquer or varnish will work just as well, of course. A word of caution:  when I said 'messy',  I meant it!  Lay down plenty of old newspapers before starting. You can use this recipe as a basic idea and see where it takes you. Have fun, just don't get carried away and start rusting everything that crosses your path!